Evolve and No Man’s Sky lead the Best of E3 2014 winners

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The votes have been cast and counted, and Evolve is the big winner coming out of E3 2014. The small panel of voters — which now includes Digital Trends, as of 2014 — was impressed enough with Turtle Rock Studios’ sharp asymmetrical multiplayer game to name it Best of Show. The 2K-published game nabbed four awards in all, including Best Console Game, Best Action Game, and Best Online Multiplayer.

Hello Games’ No Man’s Sky lagged behind with three wins, for Best Original Game, Best Independent Game, and a Special Commendation for Innovation. The PC/PlayStation 4 game, from Joe Danger developer Hello Games, sends players off to explore a massive, multiplayer galaxy filled with randomly generated planets and flora/fauna. It generated a lot of excitement in its 2013 premiere at the VGX awards show, and that excitement carried all the way through to E3’s PlayStation 4 announcement.

None of the other games generated enough votes to win in more than one category, but fan favorites Super Smash Bros.Batman: Arkham Knight, and Dragon Age: Inquisition all managed to nab awards. One notable absence from the winner circle is Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. Despite lots of buzz around the Monolith Productions game going into E3 and the ample amount of hands-on time publisher WBIE offered up, it wasn’t enough to best Dragon Age in the RPG category. Keep an eye on Mordor though; that game does some special things, and it’s a surefire sleeper hit (if nothing else) for 2014.

Here’s a rundown of all the winners…

Best of Show:
Evolve

(Turtle Rock/2K Games for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)

Best Original Game:
No Man’s Sky
(Hello Games for PlayStation 4)

Best Console Game:
Evolve
(Turtle Rock/2K Games for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)

Best Handheld/Mobile Game
Super Smash Bros. for 3DS
(Sora/Namco-Bandai/Nintendo for 3DS)

Best PC Game
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege
(Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)

Best Hardware/Peripheral
Oculus Rift
(Oculus VR)

Best Action Game
Evolve

(Turtle Rock/2K Games for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)

Best Action/Adventure Game
Batman: Arkham Knight

(Rocksteady/WBIE for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)

Best Role Playing Game
Dragon Age: Inquisition

(BioWare/EA for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)

Best Fighting Game
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

(Zenimax Online/Bethesda Softworks for PC, PS4, Xbox One)

Best Racing Game
The Crew
(Ivory Tower/Reflections/Ubisoft for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)

Best Sports Game
NHL 15

(EA Canada/EA Sports for PS3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)

Best Strategy Game
Civilization: Beyond Earth

(Firaxis/2K Games for Linux, OSX, OC)

Best Social/Casual/Family Game
Mario Maker
(Nintendo EAD/Nintendo for Wii U)

Best Online Multiplayer
Evolve

(Turtle Rock/2K Games for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)

Best Independent Game
No Man’s Sky

(Hello Games for PlayStation 4)

Special Commendation for Innovation
No Man’s Sky

(Hello Games for PlayStation 4)

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